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The Student Services Department is here to help Global ESL Academy students with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, student visas, applications for degree programs and other immigration-related issues. Once you are registered for classes with us, you may request to see a Student Services counselor to get the advice or help that you need.

Please see below for more detailed information about some of the services the Student Services Department offers:

To download our Pre-Arrival Packet, please click here.

F-1 (Student) Visa Advising

Global ESL Academy’s Student Services Department is here to advise and help students who would like to apply for an F-1 visa from abroad or who already have an F-1 visa and would like to transfer into our school. Our Student Services advisors are available to work with you via email, on the phone or in person to take you through every step of the process from applying for an I-20 from our school to applying for the F-1 visa at the American Embassy or Consulate in your country. All of the information on the F-1 visa application process is available on our website at by clicking here Please take a look at these pages and then feel free to contact our Student Services Department at or at 1-718-886-5240 for further guidance.


Higher Education Academic Advising

Our Director of Student Services is available to help our students who want to further their higher education to identify and choose the most suitable undergraduate and graduate programs at colleges and universities in the United States. We also offer (for a fee*) step-by-step help with the entire application process including giving students advice on where to apply, which papers from one’s country are needed and which tests a student will need to take. We also help with the submission of all necessary paperwork and applications directly to the colleges and universities which the student chooses to apply to. For more information on Higher Education Academic Advising, please contact Ms. Shira Seaman at or at 1-718-886-5240.
*Higher Education Application Assistance Fee:  $350


Orientation Programs for New Students

At these orientations, students will obtain information on class and attendance requirements and academic policies at Global ESL Academy, on F-1 (Student) Visa requirements and maintaining one’s status, on getting around New York, on opening a bank account, on getting a cellular phone and on other topics that are essential for people newly arrived in this country.


Special Workshops

These workshops include topics such as “How to obtain a driver’s license in New York,” “How to file income taxes if someone is not a resident or a citizen of the United States” and “An extension of an educational stay in the United States”.


Student Housing

Global ESL Academy strongly advises our students to make housing arrangements before they come to the United States. We can help students who need short-term or long-term housing in different settings such as in a homestay in an American home or in dormitory-style single or double rooms in neighborhood guest houses. If students would like to arrange their own housing and need information, we can still assist them. Please note all requests for housing arrangements should be made at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to the arrival and there is a small fee* charged for the service. If you need more information or would like us to arrange housing for you, please email us at
*Housing Reservation Fee: $50 - $150 (the exact amount depends on the type of housing and length of stay)

Below are descriptions of the different housing options that we can help you with:

  • Homestays
    You can rent a private room in a local American home and live with a family where you can practice your English and learn about American culture. All host families are very carefully selected with respect to the safety of their neighborhoods, the proximity to public transportation and the welcoming ability of the host family. Homestay arrangements are made through our direct network of host families and also through our artnered agency, Sara’s Homestay, which has a wide network of host families in the New York City area and has served international students for over 10 years.
  • Guesthouse at the Flushing-YMCA
    The Flushing YMCA Guesthouse is located only two blocks away from Global ESL Academy. It’s one of the safest, most convenient and most economical accommodation options in the neighborhood. Its central location allows easy access to public transportation, local restaurants and cultural facilities. Students can use the fitness center and swimming pool for free during their stay and there is free internet access and a cafeteria on the premises. Global ESL Academy students receive special student rates if reservations are made through us.
  • Extended Suites at the MARCO HOTEL
    The Marco Hotel is located five blocks away from Global ESL Academy. It has studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites that can be rented on a long-term basis. Each suite has its own private bathroom and kitchenette and the following amenities are included in the special student rates for Global ESL Academy students:
    •  24-hour Business Center with fax, copy, printing services
    •  Free high-speed wired and wireless Internet in each room
    •  Free 24-hour on-site Fitness Center
    •  Free copy of USA Today daily
    •  Daily housekeeping services
    •  Wake-up service
    •  ATM on-site
    •  Laundry Facility

Airport Pick-up

Airport pick-up can be arranged from JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey. There will be a service fee of $70 ~ $150. If you need more information or would like us to arrange airport pick-up for you, please email us at


Assistance with Student Health Insurance

Global ESL Academy does not provide health insurance plans. International students are advised to buy health insurance before they come to the United States. For your information, below are some of the recommended insurance plans. Please note that the Academy is not responsible for monitoring the quality of services of the listed company.

There are 3 different health insurance plans offered by ISO Student Health Plans. Please click on each link below to get more specific information about each plan. To contact ISO directly, please call 1-800-244-1180 or visit their website at

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